About the property
- Cottage592 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
3 bedroom, sleeps 6, private terrace, shared pool, games room, stunning views
La Vieille Ferme is a perfect place to relax and unwind. Located in the famous golden triangle of Sarlat, Les Eyzies and Montignac, these three delightful stone cottages (locally referred to as gîtes) nestle together in the heart of the beautiful, unspoilt region of the Dordogne known as the Perigord Noir. The cottages are situated around a charming courtyard with a covered terrace housing the old village bread oven (le vieux four).
Le Vieux Four is open plan with a fully fitted kitchen and spacious dining area. The comfortable lounge offers ample seating, wood burning stove, TV (English and French free view channels) and DVD player. The glass entrance door overlooks the courtyard and further French doors open on to a terraced seating area with views over the valley. Here you can enjoy the secluded garden and enclosed natural spring pond, an ideal spot to watch the comings and goings of numerous birds, butterflies and dragonflies that also inhabit this calm relaxing venue. A large barbecue offers the opportunity to dine outdoors enjoying a glass of local wine and watching the sun go down over the valley.
The cottage has three bedrooms and a large open plan living area giving views to the enclosed courtyard on one side and over the scenic valley to the other. The first double bedroom is on the ground floor with a window looking on to the courtyard. Open tread stairs lead to a further double bedroom and twin bedroom on the first floor. It has a large bathroom with shower and bath facilities and a separate WC on the ground floor and a further WC on the upper floor. Please note this cottage has an open tread stair case.
La Ferme has an open plan living/dining and kitchen area and three spacious, light and airy bedrooms. The downstairs is full of character with original stone walls and beams. There are two entrance doors, one leads to the covered barn area in the courtyard, housing the old village bread oven. The other opens onto a few stone steps leading up to La Ferme’s private terrace, equipped with barbecue, where meals can be enjoyed al-fresco overlooking the gardens. Please note that there is a third entrance door which leads to La Ferme’s separate parking area which is situated at the top of a short flight of stairs in an enclosed entrance hall.
Upstairs La Ferme offers a large double aspect double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The bedroom has a dressing table and stool, two wardrobes and a king size bed with head and foot board. The ensuite is fully equipped with shower enclosure and WC. There are two further bedrooms, both twins, with hanging and drawer space. There is a second shower room also equipped with a glass shower enclosure and WC.
Outside, there is a mature secluded garden offering a variety of places to sit either in sun or shade and take in the views to the north and west. Each cottage has its own private garden terrace where meals can be enjoyed al-fresco. For our younger guests there is a communal indoor games room with table football, darts and a junior snooker/pool table. There is also a table tennis table and a selection of garden games such as badminton and boules for our more energetic guests. The English owners live on the opposite side of this country lane and are on hand to offer advice and help when necessary. Visitors are free to wander in the owners’ five acres of wooded grounds where they can meet (and feed!) the pet goats and chickens.
For those in search of outdoor pursuits bicycle hire, horse riding, and canoeing are all within easy reach. Along with the numerous local markets and many opportunities to taste the local specialties of foie gras, truffles and all things walnut (walnut cake, aperitif or just chocolate covered), La Vieille Ferme offers something for all ages and tastes.
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- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Sandra James
Coming from London to the Dordogne, Stephen and I were looking for a change of pace and definitely found it! We love the French attitude to life and were fortunate to settle in an area which is not only beautiful but where the locals have been extremely welcoming. We live opposite La Vieille Ferme (the old farmhouse) and thought we were really lucky to have such a pretty stone property as our view. We now thoroughly enjoy sharing La Vieille Ferme with the many guests who choose to stay here with us.
Sandra James purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why Sandra James chose Saint-Geniès
You can’t help but fall in love with this area, it has everything - beautiful views, plush green fields, picturesque villages, an abundance of spectacular castles, all littered with wonderful restaurants cafés and bars. There is so much to see and do, we are always stumbling on new gems we didn't know existed. All this combined with a climate that means you can enjoy outdoor living for almost all of the year. The relaxed attitude and abundant sunshine means that you can be as busy or as active as you feel, spending your days reading a book in a quiet corner of the garden, lulled by the sound of bees humming, or equally taking a canoe down the river, a bike ride along the extensive ‘voie vertes’ or cantering along a woodland path, the choices are endless and wide. The ubiquitous caves and castles make the area a fascinating place to visit, traversing the centuries from prehistoric man to modern day. All this and fabulous food and wine to boot, what more could you want?
What makes this Cottage unique
La Vieile Ferme translates as the old farm and that is exactly what it was. We have three gites, Le Vieux Four, La Ferme and La Vieille Maison, all renovated from the original farm and barn, parts of which date back to the beginning of the 19th century. The original stone bread oven which served the whole village still stands today, attached to the open barn. Situated in a small hamlet overlooking the valley, we are very quiet and rural but within easy reach of all the major towns and tourist sites and well served by airports (Brive - 25 mins away, Bergerac and Limoges -1 hour and 20/30 mins). Montignac is our nearest town, being just 10 minutes away, and nestled on the banks of the river Vézère, it is one of the prettiest. It boasts very many cafés and restaurants and five boulangeries! 20 minutes away, just a few miles from the banks of the Dordogne, lies Sarlat, the largest concentration of medieval buildings in Europe, built in beautiful honey coloured stone that glows gold in the evening sun.
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La Vieille Ferme 03rd September - 10th September 2016
Decided to take a late break early September so booked a week at La Vieille Ferme as we were looking for something special that was fairly central for days out but also sat in beautiful surrounds for our evening relaxation and what a little gem we found, from day one to the very last day we were made to feel welcome and wanted for nothing. The owners Sandra & Stephen are some of the nicest people we have met and went out of their way to ensure we had an enjoyable stay.
The property was just right quite French and had every utility and more that would be needed for our stay a Home from Home.
The location was perfect we visited Beynac, Hautefort, Sarlat, La Roche and many other sights as well as canoeing down the Vezere, overall a great stay and the hassle free accommodation and the nearby sights just made our stay perfect.
Many Thanks Sandra & Stephen for being just the perfect owners. Keith & Sandra.
The property and grounds were delightful and well cared for. Our hosts Sandra and Stephen made us feel very welcome and on hand for any queries. Our children (5 and 7) loved the grounds, pool and games room which were used most days. The weather was great. We are seriously considering making a return visit in 2018 and unsurprising that many of their guests do. Thank you.
Really lovely gite and excellent location
The property was lovely, well equipped and maintained to a very high standard. Sandra and Stephen were excellent hosts and made us feel very welcome. The position is perfect for exploring and there is lots to do. The pool area was lovely and we were even lucky with the weather. All in all a very enjoyable family holiday.
Fabulous two week stay
Upon arrival we were greeted by Sandra the owner, Sandra is very friendly and helped us settle into the property. The property was fab, my daughters were exceptionally pleased with their bedrooms as were we, they were all very spacious with plenty of storage, The gite is well equipped, you have access from the rear door to your own private garden area with table and chairs and BBQ which leads to the pool and a rotary line is provided if needed, there is also an extensive shared garden to enjoy. The door from the kitchen leads out in to the communal area which is lovely to BBQ and just relax in the evening.
There is a variety of books to be read.
There is so many places to visit, these are some that we enjoyed visiting, Sarlat, La Roque Saint-Christophe, Chateau de Commarque, Chateau de Beynac, Lascaux Caves and Chateau de Castlenaud. There is also the evening markets to be enjoyed. If you wish you can play paintballing
which is in the woods opposite which is owned and run by the owners Steve and Sandra. Sandra and Steve are very hospitable, they truly made us feel welcome and very much at home. We were very sad to go home and had such an amazing time we have booked another two weeks in August this year 2016.
Great place for the family
We stayed in La Ferme and found it ideal for our holiday. It has large bedrooms and the double aspect of the main one was excellent. The Gite is conviently located between Sarlat and Montignac and made travelling around really easy for us. The pool area was lovely and my children just loved it. The Games room was also a pleasant surprise for us and again was well used during our holiday. A convenient location and a very comfortable well equipped Gite. We were delighted with our stay in this property.
La vieille ferme, gîte formidable
Un gîte très bien aménagé, très propre. Nous avons passé 15 jours formidables, et avons bien profité de la piscine. Les propriétaires sont charmants et à l'écoute. Nous retournerons avec plaisir dans ce gîte lors de prochaines vacances en Dordogne.
La Vieille Ferme is situated between the medieval town of Sarlat and the picturesque riverside town of Montignac-Lascaux, home of the famous Lascaux Caves. For those interested in prehistory, just 24km N is Les Eyzies where you can visit the National Prehistory Museum, housing one of the world’s most complete collections of prehistoric artefact's, or the cave at Font de Gaume where some of the oldest (and original) cave painting in the world is still on display. Our prehistoric ancestors settled in the Vezere Valley more than 460,000 years ago and this area has an abundance of sites to explore. The region offers a vast choice of caves including the prehistoric decorated caves of the Vezere Valley. The Dordogne is also known for its many spectacular castles such as those of Beynac, Castelnaud, Commarque, Hautefort and Milandes to name just a few within a short drive away. From the belvedere at the cliff top gardens of Marqueyssac you can view the renowned ‘Valley of the five Chateaux’, looking out over the Dordogne valley for as far as the eye can see.
La Ferme is one of three stone cottages, collectively known as La Vieille Ferme, located just 3 km from the stunning village of St Geniès, boasting a castle, an auberge restaurant, a twelfth century church, a fourteenth century chapel with original frescoes, a café and bar and the ubiquitous boulangerie. There is also a small village shop for all the essentials and a Sunday market for local produce. The cottages are just 12 km from Sarlat-la-Caneda, a world heritage site boasting the most registered classified buildings per square mile in Europe. With its winding streets, summer festivals and famous twice-weekly market, Sarlat also offers endless opportunities for tasting local produce at the many restaurants and ferme auberges.
Just 8 km in the other direction lies the riverside town of Montignac, famous for its caves at Lascaux II. Here you can canoe on the River Vézère, browse the Wednesday market, and choose whether to enjoy a quiet coffee, a locally produced aperitif or to sample the authentic French menus at any one of the numerous riverside bars and restaurants.
There is also a sandy beach within a 15 minute drive from La Ferme at Lake Tamnies and the world renowned wine regions of St Emilion and Bergerac are just over an hour’s drive, with Bordeaux under 3 hours away.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Please note additional guest charge applies to adults only. 30% non-refundable deposit payable on booking. Total balance payable 56 days prior to rental start date. Total rental payable on booking if booking is made within 56 days of rental start date. A fully refundable security deposit of £250 is payable on final payment. The cost of any breakages or additional cleaning/repair costs may be deducted from this at the end of the rental period. Changeover day is Saturday but on request alternative arrival/departure days will be considered. Please contact us (the owners) if you wish to make a booking of less than a week as we may be able to accommodate you. Bed linen, towels and beach towels are provided. In colder periods, the use of the electric radiators and logs for the wood burning stove are payable on departure. Taxe de sejour not included in price. (This is a nominal fee payable to the local mayor's office. Last year it was 44 cents per adult per night). Please contact us for full terms and conditions.